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China the largest importer of Congo Basin timber

29-12-2015

China has become the largest importer of timber from the Congo Basin with some 2.9 million cubic metres (RWE) bought in 2014. This amounts to over 75% of total timber exports from the Congo Basin and exceeds the two million cubic metres imported by member states of the EU. In 2014 China imported 95% of all logs produced in Equatorial Guinea, 85% …

Daiken builds door plant in Surabaya

29-12-2015

Daiken Corporation (Osaka) has announced a new door manufacturing plant in Surabaya, Indonesia. A new subsidiary Daiken Dharma Indonesia, a joint venture with Dharma Satya Nusantara (DSN) will manage and market the products. Manufacturing will begin in July 2016, with an annual 180,000 sets of interior doors and a three billion yen sales target …

UK TTF: 90% of timber imported into the UK is certified

24-12-2015

Just over 90% of all wood products imported into the UK is certified legal, a proportion similar to previous years even though the import volume in 2014 was substantially higher, according to the Timber Trade Federation (TTF). There was improvement in risk management and due diligence with lower volumes of purchases coming from high risk sources. …

Forests cover 24% of India, country committed to increasing carbon sink capacity

24-12-2015

India’s total forest cover has increased 5,081 km2, according to the Forest Survey of India, a biennial assessment of India’s forest cover released December 4. An update on India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), outlining the country’s intention to create additional carbon sink capacities, was …

Brazil: 2015 tough year for furniture industry

24-12-2015

Poor demand and low prices have resulted in a very tough year for Brazil’s furniture sector. Furniture production declined almost 18% in Western Santa Catarina State, one of the biggest furniture clusters in the country, while sales have dropped by as much as 40% in some market sectors, further exacerbating unemployment. While manufacturers …

Malaysia: Export earnings rise on back of weaker Ringgit

23-12-2015

Malaysia’s exports rose 16.7% in October to RM75.8 billion (US$17.7 billion), the quickest month-on-month growth since May 2014. The improvement was due to the increase in exports of manufactured goods to Southeast Asia, China, the EU and the US, as well as Singapore and Australia, according to a statement released by the Ministry of …

Indonesia and China to cooperate on legal timber trade

23-12-2015

Indonesia and China have agreed to a sustainable timber trade. China has indicated it would now only import verified legal wood products. Indonesia’s SVLK certificates would be recognised as an evidence of legality. The deal was made during the COP 21 Climate Talks in Paris when Indonesian Director General of Sustainable Forest Management, …

Italy's woodworking sector shows signs of growth

22-12-2015

Italy’s woodworking technology sector is showing signs of growth and is expected to pick up further in 2016 as government incentives and a more positive economic sentiment are likely to encourage new investments, according to Acimall, the Italian woodworking machinery and tools manufacturers’ association. Preliminary estimates for …

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